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Bee, Thomas (1725-1812) to unknown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06633 Author/Creator: Bee, Thomas (1725-1812) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 February 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Bee writes as a Continental Congressman from South Carolina with news of the American victory in the state (most likely the Battle of Cowpens, 17 January 1781). Also informs that the troops are very low on supplies. Mentions that Benedict Arnold is in Virginia, that Hessians are at Charleston and that North Carolina has been unresponsive to appeals for aid. Also mentions British General Charles Cornwallis and gives an update on other troop movements and events.

People: Bee, Thomas, 1725-1812.
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Military Supplies, Hessians, Revolutionary War General, Continental Army, Battle

Sub Era: The War for Independence